The new year is off to the races and you’ve got goals to hit. Between your career, your body, and other commitments like family and friends, it’s safe to say you probably don’t have a bunch of free time to throw away.
That includes reading an article that doesn’t get right to the point, so here it is: The SkiErg—the machine in your gym that looks kind of like a rower turned upright—will do more to further your fitness goals in 2018 and beyond than arguably any other piece of equipment, building muscular and cardiovascular endurance simultaneously while also upgrading your power, agility, and balance.
“This is a reverse triple-extension move,” says Dogpound founding trainer KC McLoughlin, who led last month’s MH Workshop event, which focused on functional fitness.
“Triple extension” refers to the group of exercises including moves like the box jump, clean, and tire flip that involve the simultaneous extension of the ankle, knee, and hip joints. While those moves have you exploding upwards, a “reverse triple extension” exercise is the opposite: You exert downwards.
“All the power is coming from your core, your hips, and your legs,” says McLoughlin, who uses the SkiErg in his own workouts to cultivate power and endurance.
“I’ll do 10 100-meter sprints and go as fast as I can, usually towards the end of my workout,” he says.
Watch the video above to see McLoughlin use the SkiErg with perfect form, and learn how to put this beneficial piece of equipment to work for maximum results across the board in your own workouts.
By Dean Stattmann